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People today expect to be connected always and everywhere; sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was a world before smartphones and Wi-Fi. In the time since Wi-Fi became ubiquitous in hotels, apartments, and public spaces, it has fueled the evolution of connectivity in a lot of ways. Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the most basic needs start at the bottom, and you can’t get to the next level without a strong foundation. 

By now, everyone is aware that hotel giant Marriott International announced on Friday a massive data breach that goes back more than four years and may have affected up to 500 million customers worldwide. 

After two years of preparation, the FlyZoo Hotel — a futuristic property that uses interactive technologies to do everything from greet guests to deliver room service — is ready for business. 

Mobile technology is fast becoming central to the entire travel experience. Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to research trips, book accommodation, check in at the airport, and access their hotel room. But one of the next big roles mobile has to play in the travel process is mobile payment. The idea of an entirely cashless society might still seem some way off, but mobile payment is gaining popularity. As it becomes more widely used, its fast and frictionless nature will bring benefits before, during and after a trip. 

Digital marketing, also known as internet marketing, plays a significant role to boost hotel website traffic and online bookings. Recently, many big announcements were made in the digital industry, for example when Facebook introduced a new video format for marketers, or when Google announced a board core algorithm. If you are a new hotelier and want to stay ahead in the industry, then you should know what’s going on in the hotel digital marketing industry. 
 



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5 Characteristics of Websites That Convert Visitors into Customers for 2016

12/07/2015

Your conversation rate is simply the percentage of visitors that make a reservation through your website. You need to understand that having a large number of visitors is one thing and convincing them to make a reservation is an entirely different thing. It is not enough to focus on how to increase the number of visitors to your website, but you also need to pay serious attention to things that help convert visitors into customers.

A Conversion Rate Optimization Report by Econsultancy shows that companies that take steps to optimize their website for better conversion are twice as likely to see a substantial increase in sales.

Every online business needs to understand that they have zero to eight seconds to convince visitors to stay on their sites. The majority of visitors leave after eight seconds. Hubspot conducted a research and found that about 96 percent of people who visit your website are not ready to buy. It means you have to do something to win their trust and make them buy. Here are some of the most common signs you will find in websites that effectively convert visitors into buyers.

1. They Have Clear Navigation in Place

The design and content in your homepage navigation matters a lot and is sometimes the difference between a bounce and a website conversion. Be sure to give your visitors a clear path into your site. Make it easier for them to access other pages on your website from the homepage. You will get better results by making your navigation menu visible right at the top of the page with links organized in a hierarchical structure. Always work with information architects who know how to organize content in a way that goals of your websites are met by integrating business needs, user needs and content categorization. Navigation structure that makes it easy and intuitive for visitors to find what they have come looking for on your site will increase your conversion rate. That is what all top sites do, and you should follow suit.

2. They Clearly Mention their Unique Selling Points

In other words, websites that have a good conversion rate always make their unique value proposition clear. Visitors will leave if they cannot clearly see why they should do business with you and the benefit of it. Top websites advance their value propositions through a list of benefits. They always have their benefits focused on the user – they do not only talk about themselves. What it means is that instead of saying, "we have 99.99 percent uptime", you will be better off saying something like, "Your websites will enjoy 99.99 percent uptime".
 
3. They Have Effective Calls-to Action

Hubspot featured a company that experienced an increase in their conversions by 105.9 percent simply by having a clear call to action.

Calls-to-action (CTAs) are vital. Understand that psychological trickery will not lead to serious gains in conversions. You need to understand what your customers need and then give it to them using the language that resonates with them. A great example about the importance of using clear CTAs is that Mozilla experienced a clear increase in the number of people downloading their popular Firefox browser by having a strong CTA. They changed "Try Firefox 3" to "Download Now – Free". The change looks simple but it really makes a difference.

4. They Have Killer Headlines Throughout The Site

The headline has the potential to make or break a website. You have to create an impression in the first eight seconds of a visitor landing on any page of your website, and your headline will play a big role in that. Websites that have good conversion rates know what resonates most with their visitors and they use that carefully to create a great impression. It will take some testing to identify what works for your business and with your audience. Just ensure that you have a clear headline with a unique value proposition. It is even better to use a headline that compliments an image. Another good idea is to use a short, attention-grabbing headline and back it up with a sub-headline.

5. They Build Trust

They do it with trustworthy testimonials, which are usually the most important trust signals. They have testimonials from real people, including experts and celebrities. You can make these testimonials more personal by featuring pictures, names, positions and even companies. Some top websites make use of a rotating carousel of testimonials with each of them having a name, a picture, a video and a clear discussion on how the service helped them. You can also build trust by giving customers a guarantee, which helps them feel reassured while on your website. All this goes a long way in improving the likelihood of a conversion.

In addition, you can try several other techniques if you are interested in improving your conversion rate. Using product videos is a great idea, as it can increase purchases of that product by 144 percent. Some companies have implemented a "Chat Now" button to see a 31 percent increase in free sign-up form fills. Similarly, a security seal on your website, having social proof and credibility indicators, and using natural language on forms can all help. It may require some testing though.

Consider working with a professional website design expert to know what works and how to improve your conversion rate.

About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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